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‘Anti-Christian’ inmate finds faith in prison

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) – When Ahmad Anderson, an inmate in the Jefferson City Correctional Center (JCCC), first enrolled in Hannibal-LaGrange University’s Freedom on the Inside program, he wanted nothing to do with Christianity.

Missionaries strive to advance Gospel as IMB adapts to financial challenges

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Like their fellow Southern Baptists in the United States, International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries are adjusting to government lockdowns and other difficulties caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Yet many of them continue to labor for the Gospel, even as IMB leaders adapt to new financial realities brought on by the coronavirus.

SBU begins search for new Redford College dean

BOLIVAR, Mo. (BP) -- Southwest Baptist University will begin its search this month for the next dean of the university's Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry. Rodney Reeves, who has served on the SBU faculty for 19 years, 15 of those years as the Redford College dean, has resigned to serve as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ark. In an Aug. 4th Facebook post, Reeves announced he would be leaving SBU to enter the pastorate. SBU President Eric Turner asked Missouri Baptists to pray for SBU as they seek a new dean for the Redford College.

83-year-old travels globally for Great Commission

ARNOLD, Mo. (BP) -- Jim Nicolls thought he'd just been called to help the people of northern Mexico. Surely, that's why he wept through the night during his first mission trip in 2000, when he led a construction crew in building houses at a squatter's camp along the U.S.-Mexico border. "That first night, I just laid there all night, weeping," he recalled. "God broke me. I kept saying, 'Why, God, am I here, and they're there?'" More than the spiritual lostness, it was the "abject poverty" that existed along these borderlands that shocked him: "people literally scavenging," he recalled, "for what they could find -- a piece of cardboard to cover a crack in their cardboard shanty, cans that they could use, food and clothing that they could find in the dump. … Little kids were in the dump with their mothers, finding what they could find. If they could pick up a little toy that was thrown away, they were happy."

TIME magazine covers prompt closer look at ‘Truth’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- TIME magazine shocked the American public on April, 8, 1966, by publishing a simple cover with one red-letter question on a black background: "Is God Dead?" When TIME reproduced their 1966 cover design this April -- now with the question, "Is Truth Dead?" -- Southern Baptist ministers and theologians reaffirmed their confidence in the eternal truth of the living God.

Why celebrate the Reformation after nearly 500 years?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Had he used a hammer, one could perhaps say that its sound would reverberate across Europe and, eventually, across the globe. But it's not fully certain that Martin Luther carried a hammer when, on Oct. 31, 1517, he approached the Castle Church in the small university town of Wittenberg, Germany, where he served as both priest and professor. Luther may have used paste, according to Reformation scholar Andrew Pettegree at the University of St. Andrews, when he posted a set of 95 Theses for public debate on the church door, which served at the time as a community-wide bulletin board.

Mo. Baptists urge Christian citizenship

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Baptists urged believers to active Christian citizenship and defending biblical views of the sanctity of life and transgenderism during their 182nd annual meeting. A total of 861 messengers and 195 guests from 366 churches gathered Oct. 24-26 at the St. Charles Convention Center, where Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Director John Yeats reminded them that they need never be alone. Inspired by the theme of the meeting, "Never Alone," he encouraged them with Christ's words, "I am with you always" (Matt. 28:20), but he also urged them to "belong to a team" that is on a mission.

Mo. Senate votes to put religious liberty on ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Missourians would vote on protecting people from being penalized for their religious beliefs on marriage if a resolution passed by the Missouri Senate this morning (March 9) is next passed by the state's House of Representatives. President Pro Tem of the Senate Ron Richard broke a 39-hour filibuster of Senate Joint Resolution 39 (SJR 39), also called the Missouri Religious Freedom Amendment, by calling for the previous question. In accordance with Senate rules, members of the Senate then took a 7 a.m. roll call, and SJR 39 passed its first-round approval, 23-9.

Ferguson tensions prompt First Baptist to action

FERGUSON, Mo. (BP) -- Stoney Shaw, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ferguson, Mo., never imagined that protestors would wreak so much havoc after a grand jury reported their decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown.

Anguished family advocate thanks legislators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Pro-family Missouri lobbyist Kerry Messer, whose wife has been missing since July, prayed for the state legislature before it opened a marathon special session, Sept. 10. Before praying, Messer thanked legislators, staff members and lobbyists for the support and encouragement they have shown his family since the disappearance of his wife Lynn on the morning of July 8.